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Saharan Dust Records and Its Impact in the European Alps

"Mineral dust is one of the main natural sources of atmospheric particulate matter, with the Sahara being one of the most important source regions for the occurrence and deposition of mineral dust in Europe. The occurrence of dust events in the European Alps is documented via measurements of airborne dust and its deposits onto the glaciers. ..." – By Marion Greilinger and Anne Kasper-Giebl

Terrestrial Processes and Their Roles in Climate Change

"The land surface is a critical component of the Earth System. Most immediately, it is obviously the place people live and source most of their food, water, and energy. The effects of climate change are most commonly thought of in terms of impacts on human systems, which are largely land based. ..." – By Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré and Andrew J. Pitman

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